In an e-mail announcing the new hire, CEO Len Brody said everyone at NowPublic was “super jazzed” with the appointment. (I am also very pleased as Rachel is my fiancee).
Here is the full text of the news release:
NOWPUBLIC.COM NAMES RACHEL NIXON AS GLOBAL NEWS DIRECTOR
BBCNews.com senior editor to lead editorial operations for world’s largest participatory news network
Vancouver, B.C. February 13, 2008 – NowPublic.com, the world’s largest participatory news network, today named BBCNews.com veteran Rachel Nixon as its Global News Director, where she will oversee editorial operations of NowPublic’s correspondents in 3,600 cities across more than 140 countries.
Ms. Nixon is a renowned, award-winning journalist with a special expertise in multi-platform media and emerging journalism practices. An early convert to the power and potential of online news media, Ms. Nixon has spent the past nine years with BBCNews.com, where, most recently, she served as Deputy World Editor, overseeing a staff of 45. Ms. Nixon has garnered many awards and distinctions, including a Webby, a European Online Journalism Award and the BBC World Service Editor of the Year Award in 2007.
“We’re thrilled and honored to have a journalist as accomplished as Rachel join the NowPublic team,” said Leonard Brody, Co-Founder and CEO of NowPublic. “As we chart the course for entirely new means of gathering and distributing news, I can’t imagine a more qualified individual to lead our editorial.”
“The NowPublic team has blazed trails from Day One and clearly mainstream media is now embracing the media model that NowPublic originated,” said Ms. Nixon. “I look forward to helping NowPublic further define the standards for news in an increasingly digital global community where everyone has the power to report.”
Ms. Nixon holds a BA in Modern Languages and Literature from Oxford University (First Class Honors) where she was awarded a scholarship for academic excellence. She is a well regarded speaker at institutions, including the University of Michigan, USC Annenberg, the Online News Association Conference and the University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in Vancouver.